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Russia’s air force in Syria cuts intensity of sorties to make more reconnaissance flights

November 09, 2015, 18:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Some Russian warplanes performed tasks to reconnoiter terrorist facilities using the data supplied by the Syrian opposition, the information center in Baghdad and the command of the Syrian army

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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s air force grouping in Syria has reduced the intensity of its sorties as some warplanes conducted reconnaissance of terrorist facilities, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday.

"The intensity of our air group’s sorties has been below the normal level in Syria in the past few days. However, the number of targets per flight increased," the spokesman said.

According to the general, the intensity of sorties was lower as some Russian warplanes performed tasks to further reconnoiter terrorist facilities, using the data supplied by representatives of the Syrian opposition, the information center in Baghdad and the command of the Syrian army.

"Let me remind you that our planes are delivering all their air strikes only after a check via several channels and a confirmation that facilities belong to terrorist groupings," the spokesman told journalists.

The Defense Ministry spokesman said earlier that Russian aircraft had performed 137 sorties over the past 72 hours to attack 448 terrorist facilities in seven Syrian provinces.

Russian Aerospace Forces started a military operation against the Islamic State terrorist group (which is banned in Russia) in the Syrian territory at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 30. The air group in Syria includes more than 50 warplanes, including Su-34 and Su-24M bombers; Su-25 assault aircraft; Su-30SM fighter jets as well as Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. The Russian Navy is also involved in the military operation. The warships of the Russian Caspian flotilla delivered a massive cruise missile strike from the Kalibr-class sea-based missile system on the night to October 7.

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